IAAF World Championships 2017: Sudha Singh's name quietly removed from list of Indian participants

New Delhi: Indian 3000m steeplechaser Sudha Singh's name has been quietly removed from the list of Indian participants at the World Championships, starting Friday in London.

Sudha's name was there in the entry list issued by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Saturday. She was among the three athletes who did not figure in the original 24-member squad selected by the AFI despite winning gold in the recent Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar.

File image of India's Sudha Singh. Reuters

File image of India's Sudha Singh. Reuters

Her name is no longer in the list updated by the IAAF on Monday after the AFI wrote to the world body that Sudha was not a part of the Indian squad.

Winners of the Asian Championships qualify for the world event but the IAAF rules clearly stated that the national federation can choose not to send the gold medallist of the continental event.

On Sunday, deputy national coach Radhakrishnan Nair had told PTI from London that Sudha will not take part in the prestigious championships, without explaining how her name was included at the first place.

"No, she is not taking part in the World Championships," Nair had said when asked whether Sudha will run in the women's 3000m steeplechase event in the World Championships.

Now, all the 25 athletes (24 originally announced plus Dutee Chand who was added later as a quota entry) have already reached London.


Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 08:36 AM

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